Twelve months ago, we pitted these three models against one other (December 2011 issue) to find out which of them had the ability to become the “Asian Golf” – an all-purpose hatchback (just like the Volkswagen Golf) that serves as a practical and enjoyable runabout.
In that shoot-out, it was the Kia Cerato Forte Hatchback that departed the course as the winner. Helping the Forte outplay its two rivals in that story were its nice driveability, premium attributes and keen pricing. It still has these traits, but faces stiffer competition this time round.
Back to challenge the Forte is Chevrolet’s quasi-American contender, the Cruze 5 Sportback. Its bolder lines (compared to the other two) give it plenty of road presence, while its larger dimensions deliver the flexibility desired by hatchback fans.
Keen to shake up this contest is the all-new, second-generation Hyundai i30. Looking a lot more stylish than its predecessor, the new i30 also promises to satisfy keen drivers with its improved performance and cabin amenities.
Does the Forte still have the right “swing” to win this “Golfing” tournament? Or, will one of these rivals be able to outplay it? Read on for how this rematch unfolds.